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I'm reporting from Leipzig, Germany about the largest computer games exhibition from Europe.

Today the Games Convention 2006 kicked off in Leipzig, Germany – well at least for members of the press. Games Convention is the largest computer games exhibition in Europe and after the downscaling of E3 probably the biggest in the world. This year about 150.000 visitors are expected, up from 136.000 last year.

You need to know that Games Convention (GC) is fundamentally different in comparison to E3. While I've never been to E3 myself, I know that it was restricted to professional visitors, while GC is open for everybody. This year any visitor may come from August 24th till 27th and check out the latest, soon to be released games. Sometimes you even have the chance to talk to developers.

For developers, a special event called GC Developers Conference (GCDC) already started a few days ago. It includes presentations of famous developers from all over the world including Bill Roper and Peter Molyneux.

As with any gaming-related event, some hardware vendors are also present. On E3 ATI and NVIDIA often preview their latest technology with the newest games, not commercially available at that time. At GC they also have to chance to reach possible customers. This year however, I noticed that hardware companies scaled down their presence significantly. I can't name specific examples here, but you notice when only half of the companies which had a booth last year, have one on GC 2006.

Other companies are trying to find partners in order to save booth costs and those partners might be partnering with someone else too...I think you get the picture. Still, I will try to find out a few new tidbits in various hardware categories and of course some new directions in game development. If there is anything newsworthy, I'll keep you posted. The more standard-stories can be read in German on K-Hardware, which I'm writing for.



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hrmm
By One43637 on 8/24/2006 8:45:47 PM , Rating: 2
well have fun, hopefully they don't neuter that thing like they did with E3.




RE: hrmm
By Griswold on 8/26/2006 12:07:26 PM , Rating: 2
GC seems to be the big thing of the future, considering the rate at which its growing. Not long ago this was some puny little geek show...


RE: hrmm
By tuteja1986 on 8/28/2006 6:20:13 PM , Rating: 2
Sony screwed up this show , they are going to even loose sales in European market. Microsoft won that show because they announced 12 month exclusivity for FIFA 07 and Pro Evo Soccer 7. This big for Microsoft in europe market. Sony showed crap all but trailer of MGS4.


Neutered E3
By MeatPuppet on 8/28/2006 5:24:09 PM , Rating: 2
This year was the first E3 I've missed since 2000.

You should forget any notions of E3 being an "industry professionals only" affair. The noise and crowds were amazing, and halfway through day 3, it was about time to go home, because that's when all the brat kids started showing up. Yup, nothing like roving packs of 10-year-olds at what should have been a professional convention.

To be honest, I'm happier about the new, neutered format, because you'll be able to get more done, like meeting with your producer and actually *selling* your game.

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Nothing like the old days of Interop, when it used to be held at the same time as the pr0n star convention in Vegas. Lots of registrations, no real crowds...
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